- The definition of resolve is to solve, or settle something, or to make a commitment to do something.
- When you have a problem involving a leaky faucet and you fix the faucet, this is an example of when you resolve your problem.
- When you settle an old argument you have been having, this is an example of when you resolve the argument.
- When you vow to exercise more, this is an example of when you resolve to exercise more.
- to break up into separate, constituent elements or parts; analyze
- to change or transform: used reflexively: a discussion that resolved itself into an argument
- to cause (a person) to decide: the flood that resolved him to sell
- to reach as a decision or intention; determine: to resolve to go
- to find the solution or an answer to (a problem); solve
- to make a decision about: to resolve the points at issue
- to explain or make clear; show the resolution of (a problem, a fictional plot, etc.)
- to remove or dispel (doubt, etc.)
- to decide by vote; make a formal decision about; express by resolution, as an assembly does
- Obsolete to cause to dissolve or melt
- Chem. to separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active components
- Med. to cause (a swelling, fever, etc.) to subside or disappear
- Music to cause (a chord or tone) to undergo resolution
- Physics to make distinguishable the individual parts of (an image, radar echo, etc.)
Origin: Middle English resolven from Classical Latin resolvere: see re- and amp; solve
- to be resolved, as by analysis
- to come to a decision; make a resolution; determine
- Music to undergo resolution
- fixed purpose or intention; firm determination
- a formal resolution, as of an assembly
- resolver noun
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verb re·solved, re·solv·ing, re·solves verb, transitive
- To make a firm decision about.
- To cause (a person) to reach a decision. See Synonyms at decide.
- To decide or express by formal vote.
- To change or convert: My resentment resolved itself into resignation.
- To find a solution to; solve. See Synonyms at solve.
- To remove or dispel (doubts).
- To bring to a usually successful conclusion: resolve a conflict.
- Medicine To cause reduction of (an inflammation, for example).
- Music To cause (a tone or chord) to progress from dissonance to consonance.
- Chemistry To separate (an optically inactive compound or mixture) into its optically active constituents.
- To render parts of (an image) visible and distinct.
- Mathematics To separate (a vector, for example) into coordinate components.
- To melt or dissolve (something).
- Archaic To separate (something) into constituent parts.
- To reach a decision or make a determination: resolve on a course of action.
- To become separated or reduced to constituents.
- Music To undergo resolution.
- Firmness of purpose; resolution.
- A determination or decision; a fixed purpose.
- A formal resolution made by a deliberative body.
Origin: Middle English resolven, to dissolve, from Old French resolver, from Latin resolvere, to untie : re-, re- + solvere, to untie; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
- re·solvˌa·bilˈi·ty, re·solvˈa·ble·ness noun
- re·solvˈa·ble adjective
- re·solvˈed·ly adverb
- re·solvˈer noun
resolve - Computer Definition
To look up an address. For example, "to resolve a name" means to look up the corresponding address for that name. The phrase "external references in the program were resolved" means that tables were searched, and all references to routines outside of the program were given valid addresses. See address resolution and name resolution.
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resolve - Medical Definition
- To cause resolution of an abnormal condition.
- To separate an optically inactive compound or mixture into its optically active constituents.
- To render parts of an image visible and distinct.